Be a PAL - Share Our Streets

More people in Arlington are getting around by bike and by foot. While this is great news, it does come with one little caveat -- and that's something we were all taught by our parents when we were kids: SHARING. The streets don't belong to any one of us, they belong to all of us and so we have an inherent responsibility to share the streets with everyone else using them... in a courteous and safe manner.

Image: street intersectionThe PAL campaign wants everyone to know how to easily and safely share the streets with others, and that's by being a PAL --  Predictable, Alert and Lawful. If more people know about being a PAL and the importance of sharing the streets, we can all benefit from a safer and more enjoyable journey, wherever our destination might be.

So whether you're on two feet, two wheels or four wheels, we all need to share our streets safely. Arlington County has developed the PAL program for those who drive, walk and bike.

Being a PAL means being:

  • Predictable – travel in a predictable way; don’t make sudden, unexpected moves
  • Alert – pay attention to your surroundings and to others around you
  • Lawful – obey the traffic laws, whether in a car, on a bike, or on foot 

Be a PAL Ambassador

Hey PAL! We're building a community-driven movement to make Arlington County's streets more safe -- and we need your help. Become a volunteer PAL Ambassador: Bike billboards, block parties, pizza nights, -- all free, and on your commute home. Visit ArlingtonPALS.org to learn more!

More About PAL

Click to enlarge this street scene (PDF, 4.6 MB, Adobe Reader required).  It illustrates some useful safety and courtesy tips for walking, cycling, and driving. Spanish version (PDF, 3.2 MB, Adobe Reader required).

Graphic: PAL street scene

PAL two-page spread from January-February 2013 Citizen newsletter. Click to enlarge. (PDF, 1.4 MB, Adobe Reader required.)

PAL Citizen spread, thumbnail image

Each of us finds ourselves as a driver, cyclist, or walker at some point. Do our perceptions change with each mode? Watch this video to see how to be a PAL with the driver, cyclist and walker in all of us.

PAL logo

Don't be shy, let us know on our comments page what you think of the PAL campaign.  We would love to hear your comments or suggestions!

Did You Know?

The average person loses 13 lbs. their first year of commuting by bike.

League of American Cyclists

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Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
416
14th Street Bridge
1413
Arlington Mill Trail
222
Ballston Connector
373
Bluemont Connector
145
CC Connector
469
Clarendon EB bike lane
155
Custis Bon Air Park
711
Custis Rosslyn
0
Fairfax EB bike lane
99
Joyce St SB
19
Key Bridge East
779
Key Bridge West
574
Military NB bike lane
48
Military SB bike lane
28
Quincy NB bike lane
66
Quincy SB bike lane
62
Roosevelt Bridge
377
Rosslyn Bikeometer
994
TR Island Bridge
833
WOD Bon Air Park
391
WOD Bon Air West
839
WOD Columbia Pike
338
WOD East Falls Church
612
Wilson WB bike lane
176

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
788
14th Street Bridge
408
Arlington Mill Trail
955
Ballston Connector
502
Bluemont Connector
433
CC Connector
729
Custis Bon Air Park
517
Custis Rosslyn
1867
Joyce St SB
154
Key Bridge East
2872
Key Bridge West
1440
Roosevelt Bridge
170
TR Island Bridge
2115
WOD Bon Air Park
702
WOD Bon Air West
721
WOD Columbia Pike
925
WOD East Falls Church
399

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
2544993
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